Bay Area Harvest Festivals: Celebrating the BEST of Fall!
The fog has cleared and given way to gorgeous, sunny and warm days! Fall has arrived in the Bay Area and it’s time to celebrate! With everything from Octoberfest celebrations, to pumpkin gatherings, to tailgating parties, the Bay Area is full of Festivals that revel in the bounty of the Season. A few of our favorites:
Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
Half Moon Bay, CA
October 15-16, 2013
9am – 5pm
Billed as the World’s Pumpkin Capital, Half Moon Bay celebrates the best of the Season with a pumpkin weigh-off, three stages of live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, haunted house, crafts, games and pumpkin carving contests. This popular event appeals to every age group with a costume contest, pumpkin-flavored treats and wines, microbrews and even pumpkin margaritas!
Noe Valley Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 26, 2013
City dwellers have a festival of their very own with this quaint, family-friendly Harvest celebration in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. In addition to a Farmer’s Market, expect to see hay rides, a children’s costume contest, a dog costume contest, along with live entertainment, pumpkin patch and a dunk tank! 24th Street between Sanchez and Church will be closed off and transformed into a Fabulous Fall-themed wonderland. Even the Noe Valley merchants get involved on this very special day. Best of all – this festival is FREE!
Sacramento Harvest Festival
November 22-24, 2013
The great thing about this festival is the myriad of arts, crafts and an excellent way to get a head start on your Christmas shopping! This Harvest festival showcases hundreds of artisans and vendors and unique food offerings, just in time for Thanksgiving. Children and adults alike will enjoy the live entertainment (including a Johnny Cash tribute band!), hands-on arts and crafts for the kids and perhaps a visit from Santa and his elves, if you are not on the naughty list!
Courtenay Miles enjoyed a long career in high tech public relations. Most recently, this Bay Area resident has turned her attention to her favorite finds in the San Francisco Area. In addition to sharing San Francisco’s wonderful “sights and bites”, she, her husband and three daughters are discovering new ways to prepare and appreciate each season’s produce bounty found in their weekly CSA delivery box! Recipes, adventures and day-to-day musings can be found at sfsightsandbites.blogspot.com